M-SERV module's SD card update

  • Document number: PO-067-EN
  • Version: 5.0
  • Date of publication: October 16, 2023


Since April 2023, servers are produced in two versions (named Green and Blue). To load proper SD card image check chapter Downloading and installing the SD card image.

In this installer guide, we will explain the procedure of updating an SD card image in the Ampio server module in two ways:

  1. using the Smart Home Manager, or
  2. using the new Ampio Designer software.

Creating a backup

Before commencing the update process, it is imperative to create a backup of the server’s database. If you miss this step, you will have to configure the M-SERV module from scratch. In order to create a backup, launch the Ampio Smart Home Manager application and connect to your M-SERV. When the connection is successful, choose the “Save configuration to a file” option from the File menu and save the file on your hard drive. Once that is completed, you can safely begin updating the M-SERV server.

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Ejecting the SD card

Updating the server requires you to open the module’s casing and to eject the micro SD card.

The following steps must be carried out after the M-SERV module has been disconnected from power supply!

After opening the casing, locate the microSD card and remove it from its port.

Downloading and installing the SD card image

To properly choose which SD card image user needs, it is important to differ between Blue and Green versions.

These versions have different top PCB color inside the module. After opening up, for Blue version a module looks similar to this:

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And for Green version:

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Downloading and installing the SD card image

To properly choose which SD card image user needs, it is important to differ between Blue and Green versions.

These versions have different top PCB color inside the module. After opening up, for Blue version a module looks similar to this:

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And for Green version:

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After choosing server version, next step is to download proper image. For Blue version SD card image has suffix blue in name.

The next step is to download the newest version of the SD card image for the M-SERV server. Go to www.cloud.ampio.com, log in, select Installer from the top menu and then Downloads from the side menu. Then, open SD card images, select the latest version and save it on your local disk. The downloaded file will be zipped and needs to be unpacked to reveal the correct .img card image file.

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The image has to be “burned” onto the micro SD card. It is not enough to copy the file over to the SD card - a special programme has to be used, because the SD card is read-only for the Linux system. We recommend the Etcher programme available at:

https://www.balena.io/etcher/

The ejected SD card should now be placed into a memory card reader. Connecting the reader to your computer’s USB slot will result in a new disk appearing on your computer (e.g. F:). You have to remember the letter, or check in “My computer” whether the letter really corresponds to the right disk/memory card.

If a problem occurs with the card and the system suggests formatting the card, please ignore it. It is caused by the fact that the card has Linux files saved on it, which are not visible to the Windows operating system.

In the Etcher programme, open the saved SD card image and select the proper disk letter under which the microSD appeared on your computer. Etcher normally selects the memory card reader automatically. but you should still double-check the correctness of the selected disk, because selecting the wrong letter can wipe your local disk files.

Once you are certain that everything is in order, click the “Flash” button and wait for the image to copy over to the SD card. This operation can take a couple of minutes.

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As soon as copying is finished, remove the microSD card from the reader and put it back into the M-SERV module.

Close the module’s casing, reconnect all connectors and at the end, connect the module’s power supply. Wait for the server to start properly.

Restoring a backup in Smart Home Manager

When the server is fully launched, set up its passwords in accordance with the M-SERV server configuration guide. Then open the Ampio Smart Home Manager and connect with the M-SERV module.

Restore the server’s database using the option File > Upload configuration from a file.

The updating process is now completed.

Restoring a backup in Ampio Designer

Choosing this option allows you also to transfer an existing installation from the Smart Home Manager and Smart Home Configurator software to the new configuration tool Ampio Designer.

When the server is fully launched, set up its passwords in accordance with the Ampio Designer guide.

Then, restore the server’s database using the option Restore backup > Database > select a file.

The update is completed and any further installation configuration works can be continued in the Ampio Designer software.